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Bill Federer serves up a daily dose of inspiration from the pages of American history with a special emphasis on America’s Judeo-Christian heritage.

Hanukkah: Its remarkable story, and what 8 American presidents had to say about it

American Minute with Bill Federer The origin of lights at this season can be traced back to the Jewish Festival of Lights, or Feast of...

What Led to the Emancipation Proclamation & 13th Amendment?

American Minute with Bill Federer During the 1787 Constitutional Convention, the pro-slavery South wanted to count slaves so as to have a higher population so...

Connecting the Dots: Renaissance, Reformation, Revolution

American Minute with Bill Federer How did Islam's expansion lead to the Dark Ages, the Age of Discovery, the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the American...

Handmaidens of the Lord: Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman & Anna Murray-Douglass

American Minute with Bill Federer Born a slave in New York in 1797, she spoke only Dutch until sold around the age of 9, together...

Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving to God

American Minute with Bill Federer On NOVEMBER 21, 1620 (NS), the Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact and began their Plymouth Colony. Of the 102 Pilgrims, only...

Pilgrims experimented with Communism … and Rejected It!

AMERICAN MINUTE WITH BILL FEDERER High winds and treacherous tides along North America's coast blew the Pilgrims 500 miles off course, preventing them from joining...

Martin Luther, the Reformation & Protestantism

American Minute with Bill Federer On OCTOBER 31, 1517, an Augustinian monk named Martin Luther posted 95 debate questions or "theses" on the door of...

George Whitefield died SEPTEMBER 30, 1770

American Minute with Bill Federer Beginning in 1740, George Whitefield preached seven times in America, to crowds sometimes over 25,000. He spread the Great Awakening Revival,...

William Bradford, Squanto and the Pilgrims

American Minute with Bill Federer Of 102 Pilgrims that landed in Massachusetts in November of 1620, only half survived till spring. In the Spring of 1621,...

Louis Pasteur – “Science, which brings man nearer to God.”

American Minute with Bill Federer Washing hands to prevent the spread of disease was recommended in 1844 to the doctors of the Vienna General Hospital...

Samuel Adams – “The Father of the American Revolution,”

American Minute with Bill Federer Crying "No taxation without representation," he instigated the Stamp Act Riots in 1765. In 1770, after the Boston Massacre, where British...

Daniel Boone died SEPTEMBER 26, 1820

American Minute with Bill Federer During the French and Indian War, 20-year-old Daniel Boone, and his cousin-future General Daniel Morgan, served as wagon drivers for...

George Mason – “The Father of the Bill of Rights”

American Minute with Bill Federer "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Thus began the first of...

John Marshall born SEPTEMBER 24, 1755

American Minute with Bill Federer "The power to tax involves the power to destroy," wrote Chief Justice John Marshall, McCulloch v. Maryland, 1819. Perhaps no one...

John Paul Jones – “Father of the American Navy”

American Minute with Bill Federer "I have not yet begun to fight!" shouted John Paul Jones when the captain of the 50-gun British frigate HMS...

Nathan Hale was hanged SEPTEMBER 22, 1776

American Minute with Bill Federer "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country" were the last words of 21-year-old...

Oaths and the Constitution

American Minute with Bill Federer Chief Justice James Kent explained in People v. Ruggles, 1811, what made OATHS effective: "In Taylor's case ... the court ......

Fisher Ames helped ratify the Constitution

American Minute with Bill Federer He sat next to George Washington in the pew at St. Paul's Chapel in New York during the religious service...

President Washington’s Farewell Address

American Minute with Bill Federer The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolken describes man's insatiable lust for "the Ring of Power," as Gandalf exclaimed: "Always...

John Langdon died SEPTEMBER 18, 1819

American Minute with Bill Federer John Langdon was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1741 and grew up as a member of the North Congregational...